Judy Jacobson - Office Volunteer
How long have you been a DOROT volunteer?
About 15 years.
How did you get involved with DOROT?
There was an article in The New York Times about the renovation of the building on 85th St. and a little about the DOROT organization that interested me. At that time I was still working; I put that article in my “investigate after I retire” folder. And I did.
What type of volunteer activities do you do at DOROT?
Every Friday, I volunteer as an office volunteer for University Without Walls making reminder calls and calling class participants asking questions to evaluate the courses they’ve taken. Also, I volunteer for DOROT’s Thanksgiving Celebration and serve at that dinner. I deliver packages at each holiday package delivery, make outreach/confirmation calls for package deliveries and birthday calls, and accompany clients on cemetery visits. I have also made several “At Your Service” volunteer responses and a friendly visitor one.
In what ways has your DOROT volunteer experience impacted your life?
Volunteering at DOROT has been a very rewarding experience for me over the years. I’ve met many wonderful, giving people who work at DOROT. They inspire me! It’s a rewarding way to spend my time in retirement: giving & receiving. The clients I interact with are very appreciative of their involvement in the many varied offerings from DOROT.
What motivates you to continue volunteering at DOROT?
It’s a wonderful, worthwhile organization that is very helpful and necessary to many people living in New York City and beyond. Being a (small) part of giving is a very fulfilling, meaningful & rewarding experience.
Most memorable volunteer moment:
After several years being a Friendly Visitor to someone who rarely went out, I met her at DOROT’s Thanksgiving Celebration. It was wonderful to see her there and speak with her and tell her I was so pleased that she took my advice to venture out on her own to such a fantastic event. I was proud of her bravery and to hear that she enjoyed the celebration.
What would you want other volunteers to know about volunteering at DOROT?
Other volunteers should know that they’re spending their time helping others, DOROT, as well as themselves. By volunteering they’ll have rewarding experiences interacting with each other, the DOROT staff and DOROT’s clients. There are many varied opportunities to give at DOROT.
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